Karen Joosten new programmer dance

Karen Joosten is the new dance programmer of STUK. She succeeds Charlotte Vandevyver, who will start on 1 May 2019 with the implementation of the new 'Studios' programme of P.A.R.T.S., and eventually (September 2020) will take over the function of deputy director of P.A.R.T.S. from Theo Van Rompay, and lead the school together with director Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

Karen Joosten starts in STUK in August 2019. The dance programme for 2019-2020 has been put together by Charlotte Vandevyver.


Karen Joosten (°1978) holds a Master in Communication Science from the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and a postgraduate in Arts Management from the University of Antwerp (UA). From 2000 till 2009 she worked as communication and tour manager for Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus. As co-founder and coordinator of the production agency Caravan Production she accompanied artists and collectives such as Anneleen Keppens, Arco Renz/Kobalt Works, Benjamin Vandewalle, Busy Rocks, Daniel Linehan, Eleanor Bauer/Goodmove, Fabian Barba, Kyoko Scholiers, Liz Kinoshita, Louise Vanneste and Ula Sickle from 2010 till 2017. In that same year she became the company manager of Hiatus, the production structure of choreographer Daniel Linehan. Since the academic year 2018-2019 she is guest teacher “Workfield orientation” at the AP Hogeschool/the Royal Conservatory for Dance in Antwerp.

Karen is a board member of among others Eastman/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Kobalt Works/Arco Renz, Lasso/Brussels Network for Culture participation & Arts education, Kanaries in Actie (membership organization promoting the development & visibility of dance in Flanders and Brussels; organizer of the Day of Dance) and Robin/Thomas Bellinck & Pieter De Buysser. Since 2015 she is a member of the pool of assessors for dance and performance within the Flemish Parliament Act on the Arts.